Dr. Deji Adeleke, the founder of Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, and an elder brother to the Osun State Governor-elect, Senator Ademola Adeleke, Sunday, warned that he would lead the opposition against his younger brother if his government derailed.
The brother, who spoke at the eighth convocation ceremony of the University held on the campus of the institution, also said apart from the challenge of good leadership that was affecting the country, the nation was also not having the best followership.
Adeleke, who criticized the exchange of votes for monetary gain, said he told his brother and some Peoples Democratic Party governors, that since the governor-elect would not be paying back money to any godfather after the election, he should build a good team that would work and improve the living conditions of the people.
He said, “I told the governor-elect (Senator Ademola Adeleke) and his colleagues. I said you are lucky because you don’t have any godfather to refund any money to, so, whatever people contributed to your election is a sacrifice for a better Nigeria, for a better state.
“So, you and your colleagues are not under any pressure. The only thing you need to do out there is to go and serve the people. And I frightened them that I would be the first to call a press conference if I see things going wrong with his government.
“I will be the first to alert the world that your governor is derailing and I have told him and his team not to allow anyone that is not ready to serve; anyone that his focus is to come and look for money, to steal from the poor people, into the team.”
According to him, followership that cannot hold the government accountable portended danger for the future, noting that his brother would have lost the July 16 poll after 45 members of the National Youth Service Corps did not show up at their designated polling units.
“Meanwhile, people were waiting to vote but materials, result sheets, and the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System machine were taken to somewhere else, until a director started calling to make sure that those people reported to where they were presumed to, otherwise my brother wouldn’t have been the governor-elect today.
“And those who allowed themselves to be used were the NYSC; young people. It’s not commissioners in the Independent National Electoral Commission. People blame INEC, forgetting that the young ones that have been entrusted with this responsibility are the ones wrecking their future,” Adeleke concluded.
In his remarks, the Vice Chancellor, Adeleke University, Ede, Prof. Solomon Adebola, said 848 graduands compromising masters, postgraduate, undergraduate, and 28 doctorate students, would be published by the institution during the convocation ceremony.